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Evaluating emotional and psychological needs of people in the later stages of dementia

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The Alzheimer’s Society hears that people with dementia do not get the services they need because many assessors do not understand the impact of dementia on their needs. One particular issue which has come to light is the difficulties in assessing the emotional needs of a person with dementia. Emotional and psychological needs should be included in the assessment for NHS continuing healthcare and, while assessments under the Care Act must include an assessment of the impact of the person’s needs on their wellbeing, including their emotional wellbeing.

Given the lack of practical guidance on this subject, the Alzheimer’s Society published a guide, written by the Association of Dementia Studies at the University of Worcester.  Although the guide was originally written with assessors of NHS continuing healthcare in mind, the society hopes that the guidance will be of use to all care workers in the field. In particular, social care assessors can keep it to hand when carrying out assessments for social care support.